A TJs Excursion to Spain – both red, delicious, and under $10!

2016 Satis Dei, Syrah-Garnacha, Terra Alta, Spain & 2014 Condado de Oriza, Reserva Ribera del Duero Both of these wines from Trader Joe’s are Spanish reds, but are stylistically quite different.

Fast facts:

  • 2016 Satis Dei, Syrah-Garnacha, Terra Alta, Spain ($8.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)
  • 2014 Condado de Oriza, Reserva Ribera del Duero ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)

Are you tired of me pointing out how good the wine values coming out of Spain (and Portugal) are these days?

On a recent discovery excursion to one of my local Trader Joe’s, I saw a customer in the wine section contemplating a bottle of Puerta de Plata (Garnacha/Tempranillo) the wine we reviewed here https://wordpress.com/post/vinopointer.com/474 a few months ago. I told him that I really liked that wine. He thanked me and reciprocated with a wine tip of his own, this Condado de Oriza Reserva shown above.

It was a really good tip!

These two wines are very different in terms of their flavor profile.

The Satis Dei is a big mouthful of juicy blackberry, plum and cherry note compliments of its blend of Syrah (55%) and Garnacha (45%).  It’s as flamboyant as its packaging. We have a term for wines like this in the wine trade: “fruit bombs.”

The Condado de Oriza, which is 100% made from Tempranillo,  is more restrained.  For a five-year old wine, its tannins remain remarkably firm and the flavors of chocolate, black fruits and vanilla are a bit more balanced. It is the better food wine in my opinion.

But as I so often state here, personal preferences are, well, personal.  Both wines drink very nicely and since you can try both for under $20, why not gather up some friends and put them to the test over a charcuterie tray of Spanish meats, cheeses and a handful of Marcona almonds?

Or maybe a pan of paella?

Chicken paella – a perfect pairing –  from the Vinopointer test kitchen no less!
2016 Satis Dei, Syrah-Garnacha, Terra Alta, Spain Label
The bottle looks like a million bucks. It’s yours for just $8.99!

Let us know if you try these wines, and which one was your favorite.  And if you happen upon an exceptional wine find, let us know about that too!



  1. I found your review because I just opened the Condado de Oriza Reserva 2014. I am enjoying it with pizza but could not remember if I bought it or my husband and what the cost was. So I googled it of course and came upon your review. Low and behold we have bought the Satis Dei bottle as well a few times. I like the tempranillo better. I will need to drink both a lot more just to be sure. I am pleased that this bottle is in my price point. Cheers!

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